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risky landing, new images after sparks fly, a plane forced to touch down without landing gear as we hear from passengers on board. tornado watch. 30 million americans on alert amidst the largest tornado outbreak this season. tonight the new pictures and which states get hit next? ginger zee reporting from the storm zone. baring it off fresh off david beckham's announcement, what's mrs. beckham revealing that we've never seen before? enough to make her husband smile. good evening. great to have you here on saturday night. we begin with that condition sweeping the nation, powerball fever spreading tonight. millions of americans and a dream. and now a record powerball jackpot. in california tonight this is their first powerball, helping to explain the line like this one in los angeles.
tonight's jackpot is an estimated $600 million and the odds of winning, one in 175.2 million. because so many americans have bought tickets, 80% of all possible combinations have all been chosen. john schriffen on the fingers crossed in homes across america tonight and right here in the studio. >> reporter: this is the sound heard around the country tonight. powerball tickets spitting out as fast as possible for the record $600 million jackpot. >> what's your strategy? >> the quick pick and i did some birthdays, a few prayers. >> reporter: here in california, this is considered the luckiest store in the united states crowning six millionaires. that's why you see the line for powerball tickets stretching down the block. how long have you been waiting on this line?
>> about an hour and a half but it feels like forever. >> is it worth it? >> i hope so. >> reporter: with all the excitement comes plenty of security. here inside the vault in florida where the numbers will be drawn tonight officials are taking no chances, making sure the lottery scandal of 1980 when the balls were weighted with led paint to fall in a specific order doesn't happen again. if no one wins tonight the next jackpot would be close to a billion dollars leaving lottery officials with an issue. >> that's really a problem for us because most of the signs out there go to 999. >> reporter: if that does happen, blue birth liquors here says it will happily hand write a sign for a billion dollars. that's possible. lottery officials say only 20% of the possible combinations still have not been purchased. david? >> unreal. they're running out of digits. john, thank you. we move on now and this evening we're hearing what it was like for passengers on board
that plane making an emergency landing on its belly, no landing gear. you can see the pilot bringing the plane down, the sparks as it hits ground, the flashing lights, the waiting fire trucks. that plane spent much of the day sitting right there on the tarmac as investigators explore what happened. and they applaud the pilot for getting that plane down safely. lisa stark on the drama as it unfolded. >> reporter: dramatic emergency landing at 1:00 in the morning at newark national airport, the turbo prop on its belly and sparks flying as the metal scraped the runway. >> the worst was the skidding because you heard everything and felt the skidding. >> reporter: when the flight came to a stop fire crews immediately explained the plane and runway with foam to ensure there was no fire seen here in photos obtained by abc news. 31 passengers on board and three
crew, everyone got off safely including this college student. he says the pilot warned passengers to brace themselves, to get ready for an emergency landing. >> i was just scared as to what could have happened while we hit the ground. >> reporter: before touching down, the crews circled the airport as controllers in the tower and the pilots tried unsuccessfully to trouble shoot the problem. abc news has learned the left main landing gear would not go down. so the captain decided to bring all the gear up and attempt the belly landing. >> i ran off right away and i called my mom and let her know i was safe. >> reporter: the ntsb has the black boxes from the usairways plane and is investigating. usairways believes this was a mechanical issue isolated to this particular plane and wasn't part of a wider problem. pilots tell us they train for these white knuckle landings and this training paid off. >> it certainly did.
lisa, thank you. to the other major investigation under way after a train went off the rails and then hit another. it happened at the height of rush hour on one of the nation's busiest routes from grand central station to boston. marcie gonzalez tonight on the critical injuries and the relief that the outcome wasn't far worse. >> reporter: 24 hours after two commuter trains packed with passengers collided in connecticut, the twisted wreckage remains. our cameras the only one there as ntsb investigators took a first look saying it could be weeks before they know why this happened. >> the cause of the accident while we're on the scene, nor will we speculate on what may have caused the accident. >> reporter: this crash would have been much worse. it was the height of the friday evening rush when a metro north train left new york city passing near bridgeport, connecticut when it somehow derailed. it sent cars directly into the path of an on coming train on
the adjacent tracks. >> one of those jolts that sent people flying. >> reporter: of the 700 people on board those trains, 70 were hurt. senator blumenthal says that number would likely be higher if not for the new rail cars put in operation two years ago. >> perhaps injuries were avoided because these were better cars. >> reporter: david we're told it could be days before these trains are finally moved which would mean headaches for thousands of commuters in the northeast as they try to make their way to work on monday morning. >> thank you. now to the weather and 30 million americans are bracing for possible twisters tonight. new pictures of this twister in texas, up close, the tail splitting off and drifting to the ground. tonight many more are brewing. ginger zee reporting from the storm zone now. >> look at that!
>> reporter: uelievable and only the beginning. tornados twisting across texas skies leaving devastating damage. this could be the biggest severe weather outbreak this year. look at these striking images from northern alabama today, more than 8 inches of driving rain has fallen so far leaving crumbled flooded roads across the state after a tornado ripped through limestone county, alabama. there was this tornado in texas. it was one of ten reported yesterday, only about 90 miles west of that devastation in granbury from earlier this week where people are just now returning to what is left of their home. after that ef 4 tornado winds over 200 mile per hour sliced through their town killing six. >> reporter: the atmosphere is primed. look at this map. tonight there is a threat anywhere from western oklahoma up through kansas and nebraska. look at that large hail, damaging behind and tornado threat that goes from minnesota to texas.
it's not just tonight. it goes tomorrow and monday, too. laser focused on tomorrow for big cities like oklahoma city, wichita, tulsa and kansas asks city. we'll be out here chasing. back to you, david. >> you will be right there through "gma" in the morning. from cleveland this evening for the first time we're hearing from the officers who rescued the women locked up in that home for a decade. linzie janis reports tonight one of the young women jumping into the arms of an officer saying, please don't let me go. >> reporter: the first police officers on the scene now describing the emotional chain of events at that cleveland house. >> we see this girl. she's like raising her hand, holding a child. my partner looked at me and he's like, it's her. >> reporter: it was amanda berry, missing for more than a decade. >> i just asked her is there anybody else in the house? she goes, yes, gina dejesus.
>> the officers describe entering the home that had been a prison. >> as we were going up the steps it was so quiet, like peaceful and then you hear this scuffling. it was michelle. within moments she came charging at me and she jumped onto me and she was like, you saved us, you saved us. i'm holding onto her so tight. >> when he put her down she jumped into my arms and held onto me and screamed, please don't let me go. i said honey, don't worry. i'm not letting you go. within a few seconds a see another girl come out of the bedroom. i just looked at her. you can immediately tell who it is, just thinner. i asked her what's your name? she said my name is gina dejesus.
that's when i broadcasted, we found them. >> reporter: the officers say they still think about that day over and over and they can't imagine what the girls went through. they say the three women are the true heros of this story. >> jumping into the arms of the officer, thank you. overseas tonight and to north korea sparking new tensions, the north lobbing three short range missiles off the east coast today. they fell into the sea. the u.s. aircraft arrives in the region for a new round of naval exercise with south korea. from syria a rare interview with the president using his conversation with a reporter from argentina to warn the u.s. and russia not to hold talks to end syria's civil war, vowing he would never step down. to a very rare moment, athletes from iran coming to new york city to compete. during our recent reporting from inside iran we were told the iranians had been invited to the u.s. but no one could tell us if both
governments would allow it to happen. >> reporter: our recent trip to iran and that rare access to the streets. you might remember we were there when we heard of something extraordinarily rare, iran and america sharing the same stage. after several requests we were allowed in. at first not all of us. the guard telling us our female producer couldn't go in. >> she can not come? >> no. >> we kept asking and they finally allowed her in, one of the only women in this entire arena where american wrestlers were invited to share the same stage as the iranians. in the corner jordan burrows. he beat iran for the gold. even still when his name was called there -- chanting his name. soon after, the iranian president waving to the crowd watching the iranians and the americans on the map.
and that nod from the president when he noticed our crew from america. at the time we had been told these wrestlers from iran had been invited to come here. this week they came to new york's grand central station, the first u.s. appearance by the iranian wrestling team in a decade. as the iranian coach celebrates a victory in that moment, the american coach marking a diplomatic plan. >> any time you can use wrestling as the bridge to bring countries like iran and the u.s. together, it's great. >> reporter: that american wrestler jordan was right there. >> it's a mutual respect between us and iranian wrestlers. >> reporter: his message reminding us of a photo and a tweet asking who says iran and america don't get along. >> reporter: that team now heading home, their trip shorter than expected. the iranians beat the americans in new york and were to compete again in l.a. the trip cut short, some speculating it was pressure back
home behind their early return proving did diplomacy even on the mat comes with mystery. >> much more ahead. who is stealing the office supplies. the office worker who made one and a half million dollars off of what he stole. where did he go? cancun, mexico, the bahamas. you name it i was there. >> >> so many of you reacting to our reporting on "20/20". just when you think you've seen it all, david beckham's wife showing something we haven't seen. who hasn't borrowed
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closet? tonight a staggering number. office thieves stealing more than $50 billion a year in office supplies. many of you reacting to the case revealed on 20/20. the man who sold the supplies on the black market. it made him a millionaire for a time. >> reporter: helping yourself from the office supply closet, 's something many of us do but some go way beyond taking post its and highlighters. >> i was hoping and hoping praying to god that i don't get caught. >> he was a supply clerk at a new york cancer hospital when a stranger offered him a deal. if he ordered extra printer toner on the hospital's bill, he would buy it from him at the loading dock, handing gums bags of cash >> he called me back with the money in a potato chip bag. >> reporter: believe it or not this is so lucrative it's called black gold. one of these can cost hundreds of dollars.
>> reporter: middle men resell the stole entoner at cut rate prices, often online. in two and a half years he stole and resold $1.5 million worth of printer toner. costing companies a staggering amount, over $50 billion a year. one wrote theft is theft. another wrote who knew printer toner was such a hot commodity. in washington state this employee was caught an camera using a forklift, making off with over half a million dollars of printer toner. gums used his profits to buy fancy cars and go on trips. >> the bahamas, miami, you name it i was there. >> reporter: he was eventually arrested and convicted of grand larceny. he's out on parole after 18 months behind bars. >> who was disappointed most in you? >> my mom, because she didn't bring me up like this. >> reporter: so why do people take things from work?
one psychotherapist told us perhaps it's seen as a way to get back at the boss, especially for low wages. so as we start up a new work week, perhaps a lot of people may be considering not taking that highlighter from the office. >> remember mom, he said his mom was not happy with him. when we come back tonight bidding farewell to a golfing great. this in tonight. michelle obama on her husband's failures. what she said that had the crowd howling.. right after the break. ffness... accomplishing even little things can become major victories. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer. when i was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, my rheumatologist prescribed enbrel for my pain and stiffness, and to help stop joint damage. [ male announcer ] enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders, and allergic reactions have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region
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wade was dancing with her and he went on to post images on instagram. another high school moment to remember making headlines this evening. michelle obama speaking to graduating seniors, the first lady saying to achieve success, be ready to fail. >> oprah was demoted from her first job as a news anchor. now she doesn't even need a last name. then there's this guy barack obama who lost -- i could take up the whole afternoon talking about his failures, but he lost his first race for congress and now he gets to call himself my husband. >> mrs. obama in nashville just a short time ago. what mrs. beckham revealed today, stealing the headlines. you make a great team. it's been that way since the day you met.
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retirement finally giving her something to smile about? here's abc's jeffry kaufman in london. >> reporter: it's posh and becks, the sizzling duo, does celebrity get any sexier or successful than this? he david beckham, the world's most famous soccer player, she victoria, former spice girl. >> his hair, suit, his wife. >> reporter: theirs are the faces and bodies that have sold billions and made them millions. but look at her face. there's a reason they call her pouty posh. she never smiles. there they were at the royal wedding in 2011. poker faced posh looking like she was heading to the dentist. today as her husband played his last soccer game and heads into retirement she finally did it tweeting this picture. is there a hint of a smile there? that look, we've seen it before,
oh, yes, on the mona lisa. could that smile mean that she's happy that her husband will finally be home a little more often? abc news, london. >> we thought we would end with a pout there. "good morning america" this week first thing in the morning. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. from all of us here at abc news thanks for watching this weekend. we hope you're having a great weekend. we'll see you tomorrow. it's "wheel" across america.